Start… Veyrier du Lac round trip 40 miles
Height gain 680 metres
A beautiful if at times busy stretch of road alongside Lac Annecy passing through the pretty port of Talloires. We whizz by sunbathers and fishermen enjoying the sunshine on the turquoise shores. A flat section along the cycle path towards Favages with many cyclists in hot pursuit. Poppies and newly cut hay meadows with the mountains around Annecy all looking resplendent with touches of snow left behind from Winter.
From Faverges we start the gentle climb with gradients of a mere 4 to 5% through peaceful farming villages. We get a little shade when cycling through the pretty gorge, a trickling river, smells of wild garlic and a couple of ducks look on in amusement. The road is quiet, just an odd tractor and old farmer making his way chugging along for lunch. An unhurried atmosphere makes this a joy to cycle. A flat flower pasture opens up, the sun streams through, an avenue of trees cast long shadows across the road.
The abbaye of Tamie comes into view, famous for its homemade cheese, we hear the cow bells in the small wood. What a beautiful valley the monks choose in 1132. The top of the col is just around a mile away passing a cafe selling ice cream.
A great downhill from here and a coffee stop back in sunny Faverges, before an head wind ride back to the turquoise lac. One last climb from Talloires with a cycle path up the windy road and colourful para gliders overhead in a pure Blue sky.